After undergoing emergency bypass surgery at age forty-two, Kathy Kastan found her world shifting in unexpected ways. Everything-her sense of well-being, relationships, daily routine, even her body image-seemed to change. Doctors helped her recover physically, but she had to find new methods to recover emotionally and create a happy, healthy life. In From the Heart, Kastan combines her personal experience and expertise as a therapist with stories from scores of other women with heart disease, creating an essential resource that will help women reduce stress, give up hard-tobreak habits, adapt to new lifestyles-and thrive again.
Kathy Kastan, LCSW/MA Ed, became Director of Duke Medicine's Women's Health & Advocacy Initiative in October of 2011. Ms. Kastan is analyzing the possibilities of creating a Duke Medicine's Women's Health Website, Women & Family Health & Wellness Centers and Programming for the public and providers regionally, nationally and globally. She is Past President, Emeritus of the Board of Directors of "WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease." Ms. Kastan is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors and board member for the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association. She has been a national spokesperson for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's "The Heart Truth"(R)/Red Dress campaign since 2003. As a cardiac bypass survivor at age 42, Ms. Kastan understands the unique perspectives and challenges of women living with heart disease. In speaking with women's groups, the media, health care providers, and political leaders across the country about heart disease, Ms. Kastan urges women to know their risk factors for heart disease and encourages their doctors to partner with them in their health care. Ms. Kastan holds an MSW and MA Ed. from Washington University in St. Louis and is a certified LCSW and licensed family mediator. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience in hospital and private settings, specializing in individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Ms. Kastan's first book ""From the Heart: A Woman's Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease"" was published in 2007 (paperback edition, 2008) by Da Capo Lifelong Books--a member of the Perseus Books Group. "WomenHeart's All Heart Family Cookbook," of which Ms. Kastan is a co-author, was published in 2008. Ms. Kastan is an invited and frequent blogger for the Huffington Post. She has represented female heart patients in many public forums, including interviews on CNN, CBS, and ABC, has been featured in numerous articles in prominent national print media, including Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and has been invited to participate in multiple White House functions related to women's heart health. "Second Opinion," a PBS show in its fifth season, highlighted Ms. Kastan as a "patient advocate" in 9 of their shows in 2009-2010. In February of 2010, Ms. Kastan was awarded the Woman's Day Red Dress Award for her dedication and tireless devotion to the women and heart disease movement. (This award was bestowed upon Mrs. Laura Bush in 2007 and Ms. Barbara Walters and Hoda Kotb in 2011.) Ms Kastan was the Conference Activity Coordinator and CME Designee for "WomenHeart"'s 1st Annual Regional Cardiac Conference, held February 27, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Kastan has been married for 30 years and has 3 wonderful boys ages 25, 21 and 20. She resides in Durham, North Carolina.